CrockPot Split Pea Soup

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This CrockPot Split Pea Soup is loaded with vegetables, fiber, and protein. It is very healthy, creamy and full of flavor! Way better than the canned stuff.

A bowl of CrockPot split pea soup next to slices of bread and uncooked split peas

CrockPot Split Pea Soup

CrockPot Split Pea Soup is rich, warm, nourishing and incredibly flavorful. It is the perfect soup to warm you up from the inside out on a chilly day. What I love most about making split pea soup in a CrockPot is that you can just dump all the ingredients in and forget about it.

Is Split Pea Soup Healthy?

YES! Split Pea Soup is full of vegetables, protein, and fiber. It is chock full of nutrients like potassium, folate, iron and Vitamin K. It is also nice and creamy without adding any extra cream or milk. Because it is packed with so many nutrient-rich ingredients, it is also very filling. 

Split peas, carrots, celery, potatoes, onion, and a ham bone in a CrockPot to make Split Pea Soup

Split Pea Soup with a Ham Bone

Do you have a leftover ham bone from Easter Dinner, Thanksgiving, or Christmas? Don’t toss it out! This split pea soup recipe is the PERFECT way to use that meaty ham bone. The rich flavor from the ham bone will take this soup to the next level. Simply add the ham bone to the CrockPot with the other ingredients and let it simmer away. When the soup is done cooking, remove the ham bone and cut off any good, meaty pieces and add them straight back to the soup.

A large ham bone in a CrockPot to make split pea soup

Storing The Leftovers

As mentioned below, this recipe makes a BIG batch and you are likely to have some delicious leftovers. Store your leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. This also freezes nicely so if you make a full batch and can’t eat it all within a few days, freeze it in individual freezer safe containers. It’ll stay nice and fresh for up to two months.

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

Want to speed up the process? Throw all the ingredients in a large Instant Pot and cook on high pressure for 25 minutes. Make sure to add the liquids first so you don’t get a burn notice. Do a quick release, give it a quick stir, and you are ready to eat!

A close up of a bowl of split pea soup made in the CrockPot

Tips for Making CrockPot Split Pea Soup

  • It’s ok to substitute. I love all the different veggies in this soup. It is loaded with peas, carrots, potatoes, celery, and onion. But you can add or subtract any veggies you like.
  • This soup makes a huge batch, so if space is an issue in your Crock pot, I suggest cutting the recipe in half.
  • To make a vegan version of this recipe, omit the ham and swap out the chicken broth for vegetable broth or water.
  • Don’t over salt! Especially if you are using a ham bone, a lot of that salty flavor will com out in the soup. Wait to salt until the very end and always salt to taste. 
  • No ham? No problem. Try it with bacon instead of you can just leave it out!
  • If you prefer a smoother texture, you can use a blender or food processor to smooth it out after cooking. Be careful to do this in small batches because it’s hot! An immersion blender also works great.

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  • CrockPot Cheese Tortellini Soup: This Cheese Tortellini Soup is a flavorful, easy slow cooker meal. Tortellini, sausage, and spinach in a creamy tomato soup and slow cooked to perfection.
  • Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice Soup: Chicken and Rice Soup warms you up on cold fall and winter days. It is also ideal for busy days. The ingredients go into the Slow Cooker in the morning and a nice, hot meal awaits in the evening.
  • CrockPot Vegetable Beef Soup: There are so many different vegetables in this Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Soup. It is very healthy and hearty.
  • Slow Cooker Pasta E Fagioli Soup: Our version of the Olive Garden Pasta E Fagioli Soup tastes just like the original. It is an Italian seasoned soup easily made in the slow cooker.
  • CrockPot Zuppa Toscana Soup: Many agree that this Zuppa Toscana Soup Olive Garden Copycat is actually better than the original! It has a creamy both base and is loaded with sausage and potatoes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do split peas need to soak before cooking?

For this recipe, no. They simmer long enough to become perfectly soft and creamy. I do like to give them a good rinse before adding them to the pot though. Just to rinse off any random debris. 

How do I thicken my split pea soup?

I like to always make my split pea soup on the thicker side and add more broth at the end to thicken if necessary. It is easier to thin out the soup rather than thicken it. However, if you need to thicken your soup after it has cooked, you can stir in some instant mashed potato flakes (or leftover mashed potatoes).

A bowl of split pea soup with sliced bread on the side

CrockPot Split Pea Soup

4.80 from 29 votes
This CrockPot Split Pea Soup is loaded with yummy veggies! It is very healthy and creamy and full of flavor! Way better than the canned stuff.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 15 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings

Equipment

  • Crock Pot Slow Cooker

Ingredients

  • 1 ham bone (optional)
  • 1 package dried split peas about 2 ½ cups or 1 lb
  • 9 cups chicken broth if you like it thick, use 8 c.
  • 4 carrots coarsely chopped
  • 3 potatoes medium, diced small
  • 3 celery stalks chopped
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2-3 cups diced ham
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bay leaf

Instructions

  • If using a ham bone, add it to a LARGE CrockPot.
    A large ham bone in a CrockPot to make split pea soup
  • Add remaining ingredients and cook on low for about 7-8 hours or on high for about 5 hours. Discard bay leaf before serving. 
    Split peas, carrots, celery, potatoes, onion, and a ham bone in a CrockPot to make Split Pea Soup
  • Serve with sliced French bread.
    A bowl of split pea soup with a spoon

Notes

*This makes a LOT (serves 8-10) so if you don’t have a large crockpot you may consider halving this recipe.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 89kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 7gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 1337mgPotassium: 558mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 4130IUVitamin C: 24.8mgCalcium: 47mgIron: 2.8mg

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  1. Currently making it, however, quickly after putting al ingredients in I realized I could barely fit 6 cups of broth in it without it overflowing. My mom
    Made the same recipe last week and she didn’t have that problem. I realized why- she has a 6 quart crock pot, and mine is 3 quarts. I wish you Had specified the size of ‘large’ because I would have adjusted the serving. For anyone making this- make sure your crock pot is 6 quart or larger.

  2. 5 stars
    I always make this after making a ham. I shove the ham bone in and after the time is up the meat literally falls off the bone. Then I take out the ham and carrots and shove an emulsion blender into the crockpot to blend everything else together, re-add the meat and carrots for texture. Because I use the ham bone, I don’t use additional salt. Delicious!

  3. 5 stars
    Made this today per the recipe exactly less one cup of Broth if preferred thicker. Got two slices of pit smoked ham from butcher I cubed and it turned out perfect. Very satisfied and will be cooking it often.

  4. 5 stars
    I’ve always had a hard time getting my kids to eat anything “green”, but they tried this & actually went back for seconds! Very rich & flavorful!

    1. You could use half water half chicken broth if you are worried about the salt. You can always add more later if it needs more flavor!

  5. 5 stars
    I love this recipe. It has never failed me. Anyone I’ve served.it to requests the recipe.
    I do have a question. What is the serving size the nutritional facts are based on?

    1. Yay! We are so glad you love it as much as we do! It serves about 10 people, so 1/10th of the soup!

      1. I had same problem as person who commented earlier……my peas never softened. After nine hours on low and then four on high, they never softened.

        1. I had this same problem, once, realized it was because the peas were old. I have a problem with stockpiling food. 🤷‍♂️ We will never starve 😂

  6. First-time visitor here at the North Pole (MN) I have been searching for a split-pea/ham soup recipe for a long time. I found your site recently, read all the reviews and have everything all ready to go! Since becoming a widow 6 years ago, and homebound, I have had to retrain my brain from big family style to cooking for one. The biggest factor is that I am originally from Boston/NY and Italian!! I stick out like a sore thumb here in the Midwest. I love to cook, especially anything fresh!!! So now, I share my “Sunday Dinners” with friends. The temps are in the ’40s this weekend (May 19?) so what better time to make this soup! I will keep you posted!

    1. Yes please let us know! Thank you for sharing your story with us. That is so nice that you are able to get together with friends and cook a big meal! We hope this soup is a hit with them!

  7. 4 stars
    Excellent … made with all homemade chicken broth. Tried to post a picture but could not. Recipe is a keeper.

  8. 4 stars
    Excellent … made with all homemade chicken broth. Tried to post a picture but could not. Recipe is a keeper.

    1. We would love to see a picture! Feel free to post it on Instagram and tag us, that way we will for sure see it!

  9. Have this in my crock pot now, it smells good but it’s soupy and I only added 8 cups of broth how can I get to thick? Thanks

    1. It should thicken up by the very end. It looks soupy at first but when you stir it up it will thicken a lot. Hope this helps!

  10. 5 stars
    Wow, just made this soup yesterday. It is absolutely delicious. I love split pea soup and have never tried making it myself, but now that I have, I don’t want to ever go back to canned! I did not add the extra salt because my broth already had enough. Also, if you are getting your ham from the deli, asked for it thick sliced and 1 lb. should be just the right amount! Thanks for the great recipe!

    1. Hi Becky- thank you so much! I am so glad you liked this recipe so much. I honestly haven’t bought the canned stuff in years because you really can’t beat how easy this is to make! Thanks for such a nice comment 😀

  11. Hi I’m having a really hard time getting the peas to soften. 15 hours of slow cooking over two days now.
    Help- my mom said maybe I didn’t buy them fresh enough? How am I to know that? I got out of bulk at Whole Foods

    1. That is VERY strange. I have never had them take longer than a couple hours to soften. I would let Whole Foods know that they weren’t good. Hope this helps!

  12. 5 stars
    I absolutely love this recipe of split pea soup. Has anyone ever made it in an instant pot or pressure cooker? I am new to the whole instant pot thing and was hoping to try that today to cook it quicker. Does anyone of suggestions on how to do this recipe in an instant pot? Thank you.

    1. I love this suggestion! I will have to experiment with it in the instant pot because I bet it will be great! Let me know how it turns out for you if you try it.

  13. Just turned on the crockpot. Can’t wait for 8 hours to go by. Looks great and already smells wonderful. I used a couple of ham hocks so will need to separate the meat from the bone at the end of the 8 hours. Also added just a small amount of already cooked and chopped ham out of a package from the store. Love Split Pea Soup and am anxiously awaiting a bowl! Thank you for the great crock recipe ~ makes it even easier!

  14. Thank you Barbi! I’m glad you like the recipe. I like your adaptations to the recipe. Adding marjoram and thyme sounds delicious!

  15. 5 stars
    I’ve used this recipe several times and I love it! The only changes I make are I smoke a ham a day or two before and put the ham bone in to let it impart is amazing flavor and I wait until the very end to add the diced ham. That way the ham doesn’t lose all of it’s flavor to the soup. If there is leftovers, they’re fiercely fought over.

  16. 5 stars
    Hello Erica!

    I absolutely LOVED LOVED LOVED this recipe. Sooooo easy and soooooooo yummy (always better the second day too!). I really appreciate your responses to commenters, I used a 6 qt crockpot, and even though I had to leave out some of the diced vegetables and only use one ham hock, I was prepared for my pot to be very full. Going to try the potato basil soup next.

    Thanks again!

  17. so far things smell great and look great! On high for about 3 hours.. still doesn’t quite look like the consistency.. how long until it starts looking like yours? 🙂

    I am hoping that if I give it a few more hours it will soften up..

    Thanks!

  18. Does split peas soup freeze well? I love bringing previously frozen soups to work for lunch. I’m going to make your soup with the ham bone in it.

    Thanks,

    Lisa

    1. Ehh, I don’t know if it is something I would freeze, but I don’t freeze much. You can definitely try it and let us know how it turns out!

  19. I made this soup today and it was delicious. The only problem is that on low it didn’t cook all the way, I had to cook it down on the stove top for 30 min. I would put the crock pot on high to get it to cook thoroughly. Other than that it was the best split pea I have made and really easy too.

    1. I know different brands of slow cookers can vary in temperatures– sorry it didn’t work on low for you! Glad you were able to simmer it down and it worked for you. 🙂 Glad you liked it!

  20. Have this in my crock right now – can’t wait to have it for dinner. My mother always made this for me when I was a wee lil kid, has always been my fave soup. Your crock pot recipe inspired me to make it on this crisp autumn day. Thanks for sharing !!

    1. 5 stars
      Excellent recipe–I cut it
      In half but otherwise followed it-and used cubes ham –my husband loves it–he usually adds hot sauce to everything but he said this recipe was perfect as is !!!
      And it looked like the picture !!!!

  21. have you always made this with cut up ham? have you ever tried it with a ham hock? i’m planning to make this tomorrow and thought i might use a ham hock if i can find one but don’t know if it’ll make any difference.

  22. 5 stars
    Thanks for sharing your great recipe, you saved me, we had all the stuff but I hadn’t made it in years, could not remember how I used to do it. I have a great huge crock pot so this looked easier than I had remembered. Its the recipe I will be using from now on, for sure ! We will do it in the dutch oven over the fire when we are camping as well, Thanks again , cook on and keep sharing
    You can replace the ham with corned beef but we like the ham particularly when we get a good one

    1. I’m so glad you found the recipe. It’s a great idea to replace the ham with corned beef – that would be fun for St. Patrick’s Day. Thank you!

  23. Did you wash the peas first? I didn’t and now I’m scared I ruined it! I wasn’t supposed to sauté the onions and celerty first, right? Thanks!

    1. I wouldn’t worry too much about not washing them– I have forgotten sometimes too! Usually I like to give them a little rinse, but that’s just me. It shouldn’t ruin your soup though!

  24. 5 stars
    Just made this today was super great! I did swap out the chicken broth fro vegetable broth and nixed the ham for a vegan option…turned out fantastic! Thanks so much!

  25. I don’t eat red meat (including pork), so I cut up meat from a smoked turkey leg to replace the ham. It smells great already, but won’t be ready for several hours. My tummy is grumbling!

  26. I recently made this and loved it! However, I recently made a new lifestyle change because of my health. I’m going to attempt my next batch using cauliflower florets instead of potatoes. Do you think it’ll be too drastic of a change?

  27. i’m wondering how this recipe will turn out if I don’t use any meat. Any thoughts? We’re not vegetarian but we don’t eat pork and I don’t know of another meet that would work… Any advice would be great! Thank you!

    1. Hi Amanda.. you could probably leave it out, the flavor just won’t be the same. You could try it with another kind of meat.. but it might taste odd :/ sorry not much help here!

        1. That is a great substitution for this recipe. The beef smoked sausage will give the soup a delicious flavor. Thanks for the tip!

    2. For a vegetarian version, try adding in some chopped sweet potato (small dice). I don’t know why but when I have used this method with other soups — such as lentil soup — something about the sweet potato adds just a hint of pork/meat flavor. The sweet potato taste isn’t there but bumps up the flavor of the dish overall.

  28. 5 stars
    We loved this recipe! I left out the bay leaf (didn’t have any in the house) and omitted the kosher salt (to lower the sodium). It tasted great!! Thanks!

  29. I’ve never made split pea soup before but think I’m going to try this recipe this week. My question is, it says to make sure your crock pot is big enough for recipe. I have a 5 qt, will that be big enough or should I just half it?
    Thanks!

    1. It makes quite a bit, I think a 5qt should probably be ok.. If you are worried about it you could definitely half it. Sorry that was like no help at all haha, I usually use my 6 qt and it fits pretty well.

    2. 4 stars
      I have a 5-quart, however, the ham bone did not fit in the pot … I ended up purchasing a larger pot from Amazon and it came in two days — held the bone in the fridge and it all worked out ok … I knew it would not fit in the small pot, but it’s nice to have that small one …

      1. I love having 2 separate pots– sometimes the big one is too big for what I am doing. Sometimes you just need both sizes!

  30. I’ve never made split pea soup before, but it is one of my favorite soups so I’m going to try it this week. Probably a silly question, but I don’t normally buy ham and I’m not sure what type of ham I should use? Do I purchase from the deli, meat counter or elsewhere in the store? Thank you!

    1. You can get it from the deli. I just ask them to cut it thicker because I’m going to dice it for a recipe. A Virginia or Black Forest Ham would work great for this recipe. Thanks for asking!

  31. 5 stars
    Have the soup in the pot with leftover ham and ham bone from Thanksgiving dinner. The smell is awesome. Even our canine kids are sniffing the air with “smiles” on their faces. It’s going to be delicious, I know. Thank you for this EZ recipe. You’ve made our day (and probably tomorrow, too).

  32. 2 stars
    Made this tonight according to the recipe…but it looked nothing like the picture you posted! Flavor was okay… but it took a spin the blender before it looked even remotely like your pick. Won’t be making this again! Next time it will come from a can! Thanks anyway!

  33. Looks delicious and easy! Does this recipe require blending? Or does it look like the picture after cooking in the crockpot?

    1. If you cook it down, you shouldn’t need a blender. If you want it to be a more pureed consistency you are surely welcome to use and immersion blender to get that consistency!

      1. Does the ham have to be fully cooked! I want to cook it on low for 7-8 hours and its country ham so I don’t want it to be too salty. What is your opinion?

  34. Just made it in the crock pot with a ham bone and all its juices. Hoping it turns out great, have people over for dinner tonight.

  35. Looks delicious! I love Split Pea Soup 🙂 It’s one of those things that you have to love to appreciate a photo of it…and this photo just makes me hungry (I’m also 6mths pregnant and ALWAYS hungry though, lol). I normally make Split Pea Soup on the stove, but with baby coming I’m going to be needing to use my crock pot more..so I’ll have to try this one soon!

  36. Yup, I halved the recipe and it is a good thing I did, it just barely fit into my crockpot! It is a very easy and nice recipe. I am writing about it on my blog today. Thanks for the inspiration!

  37. One thing I've noticed with other recipes (I've yet to try this one, but it looks great!) is that it can be good to leave off adding the ham until you're nearly ready to serve, because it can make the entire soup very salty otherwise!

  38. I just made this for dinner and served it in some bread bowls, AMAZING pea soup recipe!!! I love it. Thanks for sharing all these great recipes.